Roads

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on roads. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
21.01.2015Roads: Strategic Road Network (SRN)
This note provides information about the construction, enlargement, management and maintenance of the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in England. Trunk roads in Wales and Scotland are managed by the Welsh Government and Transport Scotland, respectively and are not covered herein.
17.11.2014Roads: Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)
This note explains what Traffic Regulation Orders are, how they are made and the various uses to which they can be put.
06.10.2014Parking: pavement and on-street
This Note outlines the general legal position on what is generally called 'pavement parking' (parking at the side of the road) and the measures available to the police and local authorities to tackle it.
29.09.2014Roads: vehicle excise duty (VED)
This note outlines the rates of vehicle excise duty (VED) for cars and other vehicles and gives information as to the exemptions from payment and how the Government enforces its collection.
30.06.2014Parking: policy
This note summarises parking policy in England: civil parking enforcement and parking on private land or private roads.

Research Papers

DateDescription
04.12.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL]
This is a 'portmanteau' bill, covering a number of separate but related areas.
03.09.2014Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
12.05.2014Deregulation Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses and public authorities.
30.01.2014Deregulation Bill
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce burdens on businesses and public authorities.
17.10.2013Immigration Bill
The Immigration Bill would significantly reduce migrants' rights of appeal; restrict access to services including private rented accommodation, bank accounts and NHS services by reference to immigration status; establish new arrangements for investigating sham marriages and examining persons departing the UK; and make various other changes related to immigration controls.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
03.05.2011Transport and the economy.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
26.04.2011Keeping the UK moving: the impact on transport of the winter weather in December 2010.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
21.03.2011Drink and drug driving law.
Government response. Department for Transport report [Commons]
01.03.2011The cost of motor insurance.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
01.03.2011Severn crossings toll.
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
07.02.2012DRIVING LICENCES AND DANGEROUS OR CARELESS DRIVING
That this House notes that the law currently allows those charged with serious driving offences, including death by dangerous or careless driving, to continue driving until sentencing, ...
07.02.2012FORTH RAIL BRIDGE GOLD BLUE PETER BADGE
That this House welcomes the award of the iconic Gold Blue Peter Badge to the Forth Rail Bridge; notes that the Bridge is the first manmade structure to receive the accolade; further ...
30.11.2011SAVING LIVES CAMPAIGN
That this House welcomes the Saving Lives Campaign ... Drive Safely Because i-Count launched by the charity Kids Count and other associated bodies; notes that the campaign draws attention ...
30.11.2011SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS IN MANCHESTER
That this House opposes the decision of Manchester City Council to axe some school crossing patrols and to try to pass on the cost of remaining patrols to local schools; notes the impact ...
28.11.2011FUEL PRICES ON MOTORWAYS
That this House believes that fuel prices on motorways are too high; notes that a recent survey by WhatCar? found that fuel prices on motorways are up to 7.4 per cent. higher than the ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
13.06.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2014-15)
The Infrastructure Bill makes provision for the Government's proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK's national infrastructure.

POST Papers

DateDescription
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
01.10.2010Electric vehicles
This POSTnote focuses on the extent to which EVs could reduce carbon emissions and examines issues that would surround widespread uptake.
01.01.2009Intelligent transport systems, January 2009
This POSTnote outlines current and future applications of ITS in road transport, as well as technical, behavioural and economic limitations to their deployment.
01.08.2007Transport biofuels, August 2007
Transport biofuels, August 2007. POSTnote 07/293.
01.05.2004Speed cameras,May 2004
Speed cameras, May 2004. POSTnote 04/218. This briefing provides an overview of UK speed enforcement policy, focussing on speed cameras

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses